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art deco echo

old fireplaceThis is the first house I’ve worked on with arches. Round, gentle ones.  The style only existed at the front 2 rooms and we didn’t continue it into new areas.  Things are trucking along ——> we’re now choosing paint colors and putting the deck on the back.  Photos in this post are from the past month +. Above is the front living room where there was some water damage within the walls that had to be opened up. The mustard & ketchup colors are from the previous owners.new starisHere’s some pink stuff lining the walls along the new stair from upstairs down to the first floor. The mid landing has doors to the garage, bathroom and wine cellar which will house 600+ bottles! first floorHere’s the back at the first floor facing the yard.  The space has 11′ high ceilings, with covered steel beams spanning across. sierra pacific bifold doorsThe triple-panel bi-fold door by Sierra Pacific was installed at the back, which will open all the way to the side seen below – bi-fold doorsOutside is where the deck is being built, low to the ground. pocket doorsThis corner area of the first floor is able to be closed off with massive pocket doors, and could be used as a guest room if need be. Otherwise it will be the TV room – which would be nice to close off and be dark for movie viewing! railingBack upstairs (and a few weeks later) here is the one span of guardrail we have in the house. Remember, this hallway used to continue over the hole that is now stairs.  We came up with the angular pattern of this railing as a nod to the Deco traces in the house (plays nicely off those arches). It also slightly reminds me of the patterns in Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining: Ahwahnee_ElevatorOK it’s quite a stretch (but I did see these elevator doors at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite that inspired Kubrick)reused doorsWe saved most of the interior wood doors that were taken down and repurposed them – two were hung on a barn-door track here to separate the kitchen area from the dining room. master bathroomThe master bathroom, a soothing ode to white and Carrara.  The tub is at the far end next to the walk-through shower. The room had an existing skylight that floods the room nicely. blue glass tileThe hall bathroom is a mix of (3) blue 4×12 glass tiles, and almost-black porcelain.  It has a deep L-shaped shower with a bench around the corner. This bench is exactly where the former hobbit-staircase used to wind down to the garage.  blue showerLooking into the shower you almost feel pulled forward with the perspective force!  Who could resist it? Stay tuned – more to come!

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starting the finishes…

It’s something (scary?) to see the drawings jump off the paper and into real life: the entry stair gets the gridded walls we laid out.
The rooms are coming together and some early finishes are being installed, like tile and stone.

Chicken wire!  And pavers from American Slate.  (there’s radiant heat below, so it won’t freeze the feet..)

Bathroom floor marble tile (upper) and glass wall tile (lower).

Below: when the old brick fireplace was removed we found that the it used to vent directly into the attic: there is NO existing chimney!  The new gas fireplace will go in the same location-with a chimney.  At right, a new 8′-4″ door opening looking out to one of the original doors being reused.

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